Monday, November 17, 2008

TMR Frugal Living Tip #46

Today's thrifty tip is plan your meal the night before. I know that many experts want you to make up a 7 day menu, but that's not realistic for us. Even if I did keep in mind all the activities or other planned events, that wouldn't take into consideration all the last minute changes. Let's be honest that things do change at the last minute. I honestly prefer to plan my meal either the night before or first thing in the morning. I thaw out all my meats or frozen leftovers in the sink with cold water by that afternoon. It still gives me plenty of time to cook a nice meal. This is what works for me, and maybe going by a weekly menu works better for you. Another benefit is if the weather is cold, then I know I can make a nice soup or something to warm us up. I don't like to eat gumbo in the summer and this is the perfect weather for a nice bowl of it.

8 comments:

MAC said...

This is something I used to do when my kids were young. We had TV dinner night. Every night when I cooked dinner, before I put the food on the table, I would take a divided plate and make up a meal, Wrap it in plastic wrap then in foil and freeze it. On TV dinner night the kids would go to the freezer and pick a plate at random. They couldn't peek. The meals were microwaved to heat them up and everyone had a different meal. It was anything from country fried steak to spaghetti. They loved it!

Marrid66 said...

I agree to plan it the night before. Planning a week in advance doesn't work for me either.

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Cindy said...

This is a great idea. Any kind of planning ahead with meals helps me out tremendously. When I don't, we end up ordering pizza...like tonight... :D

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angelinabeadalina said...

I can never do a whole week's planning at a time, either, so then I just don't plan. I'm going to try to remember to do what you are doing, and that should get me back in the habit of planning a little bit at least. Thanks for making me see it in a different way :)

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faiths13 said...

Planning the night before or a weekly menu usually helps me too. : ) I have an award for you at Reality Check

Cascia said...

That's a great tip! I'll admit I am a procrastinator when it comes to dinner time. I love your blog. I think this is the first time I've visited you.

Carrie said...

I'm a day-to-day meal planner myself...never could get into the week at a time thing!
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